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Portales school board approves pair of grants


February 13, 2019

Jamie Cushman

From left, advisor Morgan Arguello recognizes Portales Junior High School FFA students Cody Webster, Morgan Sickles, Emma Baca, Travin Price and Aliyah Miranda during Monday's Portales Schools board meeting.

PORTALES - The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education approved a pair of grants totaling over $150,000 during Monday's meeting.

Rick Segovia, director of federal programs, said the nearly $57,000 annual rural low income grant will go towards tutoring, summer school, credit recovery and other programs at the junior high and high school.

The board also approved a $100,000 grant from the Gay Su Pinnell Education Foundation to go towards the district's literacy program, which Superintendent Johnnie Cain said could be spent on purchasing books as well as professional development for teachers.

Also at Monday's meeting

n Five Portales Junior High School FFA students were recognized for the group's recent first-place finish at the district competition and third-place finish at the state level.

n The district's five year facility master plan was approved.

n The board approved three out-of-state travel requests for student organizations and teams.


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